Can you believe you are here? Without further ado, we set off. Driving north, we ascend the Great Rift Valley. The Great Rift Valley was formed millions of years ago. Stretching some 5,000miles from Jordan to Mozambique, its the longest rift on Earth. In Kenya, it gave rise to many lakes that have become a habitat for diverse wildlife, one such lakes is Lake Nakuru- a soda lake.
Famously Lake Nakuru attracts vast numbers of fabulously coloured pink flamingos to its shallow waters. Hippo, various animals, black rhinos, giraffe, lion, leopards and a profusion of birds are also present at the lake. We will have take picnic packed lunches to allow us maximum time game driving in the park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the shores of Lk. Nakuru until dusk. Dinner and overnight at Golden Palace Resort |Chester Hotel |Waterbuck Hotel (Budget)/similar | Flamingo Hill Camp | Lake Nakuru Lodge (Luxury)/ similar
LK. NAKURU- LK. NAIVASHA-MARA: 340 Km/ 4-5 hrs
After an early morning breakfast, drive to Masai Mara via Lake Naivasha with a OPTIONAL EXTRA COAST 1 hr boat ride in the lake.The highest of all the Rift Valley lakes, Lk. Naivasha is a beautiful shallow freshwater lake fringed by thick papyrus reeds. The waters of the lake draw great array of bird life to its shoreline. Buffalo wallow in the swamps, whilst the large hippo population laze their days in the shallows. Giraffe wander among the acacia, whilst the Colobus monkeys swing from the green canopies above. From here, you can visit Elsamere, Hells Gate National Park & Crescent Island game sanctuary before proceeding to the Masai Mara. Ascending through the Western wall of the Great Rift Valley floor, we reach arguably Kenya’s most celebrated natural attraction-The Masai Mara game reserve. A 1,500 sq. km slab of open Savannah dotted with acacia trees-the Kenyan section of the wildly beautiful Serengeti plains, teems with wildlife. Being in the Mara has been described by some authorities as ‘’ being in the New York of the natural world’’ .
You will spend the next 02 nights here to explore. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant.It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
The endless plains of East Africa are the setting of the World’s greatest spectacle-the pounding of over 6 million hooves! From the vast Serengeti plains to the Champagne coloured hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Over 1 million wildebeest, 300,000 Thompson gazelles and some 200,000 zebras relentlessly tracked by Africa’s greatest predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of green pastures. This continual perilous trek in search of nature’s big green carpet involves no beginning or end to a wildebeest journey. Its life is an endless pilgrimage, a continual search of food, water and pasture. The only beginning is at birth. An estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period early each year-usually between late January and Mid March. As for when to see this annual event, consider December to March (Serengeti) and July to October (Masai Mara)
The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. Dinner and overnight at AA Mara Lodge | Sentrim Mara Camp (luxury) | Miti Mingi Mara Camp | Mara Sidai Camp | Lenchada Camp | Destiny Eco Camp| Rhino Tourist Camp (Budget)/Similar- Meal Plan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Morning and afternoon game drive/ full day game drive with picnic lunches, explore the reserves’ amazingly high concentration of game. This game reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary.
Over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. Although July, August and September are the months when the Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is also resident wildlife year round. Dinner and overnight at a lodge/ budget camp- Meal Plan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
MASAI MARA- NAIROBI- 285KM/ 5-6HRS
After breakfast, depart for Nairobi arriving around 1530hours. Drop off at the JKIA for your onward flight
Cost per person US $ 520 – Budget Tented Camps Group Joining Safari-Min 4 pax
Cost per person US $ 980 –PRIVATE Luxury Lodge/ Tented Camps Safari-Min 2 pax
What is included:-
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Park entrance fees into the game reserve
The services of our knowledgeable English speaking driver / guide
Meals and game drives as per itinerary
Safari transport by 4 x 4 (7-8 seat safari van) with a roof hatch that ‘pops up’ to enable easy viewing and photography.
Accommodation at the specified lodges in one double/twin room/camp.
Guaranteed window seat
03 Nights on full board while on safari
Authentically branded safari gifts
Game drives as per safari program
Bottled mineral water for the safari
Not included in the cost:-
Soft drinks, juices, alcoholic and other beverages taken with lunch and dinner
The optional visit to tribal villages e.g. visit to a Maasai Village$ 35 PP, Balloon safari in the Mara $ 475 pp-bookable before departure.
Optional activities not outlined on the itinerary,
Travel/flying doctors rescue services.
Items of a personal nature e.g. laundry, tips and Guide/porter gratitude
Kindly note: Jan- March, July-Oct & Dec is a peak season and we need to secure rooms in good time by way of a deposit / 30% of the total tour cost as a commitment 30 days prior to arrival. All timings and distances are guidelines only. Rooms will be based on per person sharing twins /doubles or Triples. We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation of same standards subject to availability at the time of booking
-This safari can operate on the reverse routing ending with Lk. Nakuru depending on your flight schedules..